Obama: Libya Action Necessary to Protect American Principles

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

President Barack Obama stood before the nation yesterday and explained our role in the allied forces air assault on Libya and its embattled leader Col. Moammar Gadhafi. While he recognized Americans' hesitation for more involvement in the Middle East, the President said that Libya represented a unique situation and a challenge to American ideas about freedom and human decency. Todd Zwillich, The Takeaway's Washington correspondent, has reactions from Washington to the speech. Dirk Vandewalle, professor of government at Dartmouth and the author of, "A History of Modern Libya," looks at how President Obama's speech will impact the current situation in Libya. 


Dirk Vandewalle and Todd Zwillich

Produced by:

David J Fazekas

Comments [1]

I am so angry, I am unsure if I can compose an email. When the Dartmouth expert of Libia history says that Mr. Obama's justification of intervention in Libya was not addressed by his statement that he wanted to prevent the slaughter of Libian citizens....what would the expert say if the US with held involvement and the citizens were slaughtered? Furthermore why didn't one of you ask this question?

Mar. 29 2011 09:46 AM

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